Springing in a tight spot...
It's a beautiful Sunday afternoon and it's seem
like every single boat is out the water leaving only one tight spot
at your favorite dock and the wind is blowing from the dock and
there are a bunch people watching and taking bets on your odds to
making it in... Know that feeling ?
No problem... all you need is a spring line !
Tie a line to your midship cleat, or even to your bow cleat, and
approach the dock at a an angle, bow into the wind. When close enough,
throw the line on the dock while holding the bitter end and catch
a cleat. It may take a little practice but you don't have to be
a lasso expert cowboy to make it... Or if you really can throw a
line, use a long telescoping hook ! Once the line is around the
dockside cleat, tie the bitter end of the line back to the cleat
on your boat.
Now all you have to do is put the boat is slow
forward with the rudders hard over away from the dock. That will
bring the boat alongside with no drama and without scaring the guys
in front and behind your boat... With a little practice you can
safely come in a space barely longer than your own boat, the key
is to to set the line correctly so that your boat cant' get any
closer to the boat ahead than you have to.
If someone is on the dock to grab the line, it's
even easier, if that's the case, you may want to give them the loop
so that YOU can adjust the line from the boat...